Joseph Phelps - Chardonnay Freestone Vineyard 2017
The 2017 Chardonnay has a voluptuous, ripe nose of lemon peel and candied tropical fruit followed by vibrant citrus throughout the palate with a flinty, saline quality and a hint of toast on the finish.
A white that grows slowly on the palate with dried apples and light pear and lime character. Medium body, bright acidity and a clean and vivid finish. Serious and linear. Drink now.
Bright and fragrant in aromas of jasmine and lemon rind, this wine impresses in its textured minerality of wet stone and sea spray. Structured and complex, it shines in a light-bodied approach that never holds back in flavors of apple and pear.
Looking first at the Chardonnays, the 2017 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards comes from a site on the Sonoma Coast and spent 13 months in 42% new French oak. It’s a winner, offering terrific notes of ripe peach, citrus oil, and salty minerality, medium to full body, good acidity, and fabulous overall balance.